Prospective Sixth Form Open Evening
Our Prospective Sixth Form Open Evening was a wonderful success with 50% more students attending than last year. Students and families commented on how welcoming the school was and what a fantastic job staff had done promoting their subjects. The talks included more information on careers and lots of useful information, the sixth form senior team’s top tips were also a real highlight..
HomeworkWe are being much stricter enforcing homework standards and completion. New consequences have been adjusted to ensure that not doing homework to a good standard results in a detention that is longer than the time needed to do the homework well. Homework should genuinely extend a student’s learning, should be good quality, appropriate to their ability and should be evidenced, so it can be seen in a book for example. Can I encourage parents to be actively involved in this, as many of you already? If use the SMH app you can see what tasks and deadlines are set, you can cross reference this with what is in your child’s book and take the opportunity to have a discussion with them about the work. I am glad to say that we have already seen a marked improvement in the quality of homework completed by our students, well done! The school would be very grateful for any feedback as we are working hard to further improve the quality of our provision. Please direct feedback to Mr Virgo.
KnivesUnfortunately, knife crime is rising in the UK and in our local area. Anybody who ever brings a knife or anything that could be used as a weapon into this school will be permanently excluded. We are currently running extended assemblies with the police and people affected by knife crime. This is quite a difficult and hard-hitting assembly but quite necessary as part of our drive to make our school and home area a safer place. If ever students or parents have any concerns regarding knives, please report these as a matter of urgency to the police, if there is any concern at all in school please report this immediately to pastoral or senior staff. Carrying a knife does not make someone safer, it makes them more likely to become a knife-crime victim